Successful Pro Debut for Muni He

Muni He (nickname: Lily) has played on the University of Southern California golf team the past two seasons. But she's not in college anymore - at least not as a golfer. He recently turned pro, and her first tournament as a professional golfer was the Ladies European Tour's 2017 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

That's the same tournament where, a year ago, playing as an amateur, Muni missed the cut with rounds of 76-76. How'd she do in her pro debut? Here's the LET's tweet about it:

A Top 30 finish in your first tournament as a pro is nothing to sneeze at. Muni earned that finish with rounds of 71-70-73 before shooting 69 in the final round.

So what's in store for He in 2018? At minimum, she'll be playing on the Symetra Tour. Muni earned her card for that tour at the final stage of LPGA Q-School. It was after securing a spot on the Symetra Tour that He decided to leave NCAA golf and go pro.

(Photos via instagram/@lilymhe)

Given her glamorous social media presence, Muni shouldn't have any trouble landing multiple sponsor exemptions to play in LPGA Tour events in 2018, too, and, if she wants them, LET tournaments or tournaments in Asia.

Muni was born in China, but grew up in San Diego, Calif. She is 20 years old.

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Alexandra O'Laughlin: The Next Golf Channel Star

(Photos via instagram/@olaughlingc)

Who is Alexandra O'Laughlin? She's the next star at the Golf Channel.

Golf's 24-hour network has a knack for discovering young, talented female announcers, who often start out primarily doing web features or running the social media desk for the network. Bailey (Mosier) Chamblee, for example, got her start that way. But the presenter's talent — and growing popularity — eventually lead to a bigger role.

And that's what we should expect with Alexandra.

O'Laughlin joined Golf Channel earlier in 2017 in the role of "social media host." What does that mean? It means "contributing to the network's social media platforms at tournaments and events throughout the golf calendar," the Golf Channel explains.

From Alexandra's GolfChannel.com bio:

"A two-time Academic All-American and captain of the Lewis University women’s golf team in Chicago, O’Laughlin took up the game in eighth grade and worked with Golf Channel Academy coach Trent Wearner in high school, ultimately leading to her scholarship at Lewis University. She graduated with a communications degree, was a three-time Academic All-Conference and worked at CBS News Radio as an assistant producer before joining Golf Channel."

But before she was a broadcaster or a college golfer, Alexandra was a model, both in print and on the runway. She's still a model today, represented by a big-time agency, and she's been seen in campaigns that have appeared, for example, in GQ magazine and on Times Square billboards.

Here are some more photos of Alexandra, in slideshow format via YouTube (it also includes a few swings):

Michelle Wie's Blonde Ambition (2017 Model)

Michelle Wie has gone blonde, and we're here for it. While there's no improving on the original Wiezy, a blonde Michelle Wie is an impressive change-of-pace for the golfer who has always shown a knack for experimenting with her look.

She played the last few tournaments of 2017 with blonde hair:

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Wie spent a month or so before that stretch with lighter hair that wasn't all-the-way blonde; you might call it dirty blonde:

But this 2017 blonde Michelle Wie isn't the first time she's gone blonde. She did it back in 2015, too. Here are couple pics from that version of blonde Wiezy:

Camille Chevalier's 1st Pro Win: 2017 Hero Women's Indian Open

Camille Chevalier is a winner on the Ladies European Tour. The young French golfer earned pro victory No. 1 at the 2017 Hero Women's Indian Open by shooting the low score of the day in the final round - and by birdying the final two holes.

Chevalier closed with a 67 to catch and pass second-round leader Michele Thomson (71) and win by one stroke. Chevalier carded rounds of 68, 69 and 67 in the tournament, finishing at 12-under 204. It was only her 13th start on the Ladies European Tour since she turned pro. Her previous best finish was a tie for 16th at the Lacoste Ladies Open De France a few weeks ago.

Going into the tournament, Chevalier was 17th on the LET's Order of Merit and ranked No. 547 in the Rolex Rankings. She'll make impressive jumps on both lists after this victory.

Born in Marseille in 1993, Camille played NCAA golf at Indiana University. She ended her career as a Hoosier with the fifth-best scoring average in school history and the 73.61 average she posted in her senior season (2015-16) is the school record. As an amateur golfer, her biggest wins were at the 2015 French Amateur Championship and 2015 Biarritz Cup.

(Bottom photo by Tristan Jones/Ladies European Tour; top two via instagram.com/camchevalier)

Michelle Wie in the 2018 Nike Catalog

Nike, alas, has pulled out of the golf club market. But the company is still swooshing along in the apparel market, and Michelle Wie is still one of the company's endorsers.

And if you have a deal with someone as sexy as Wiezy, you ask her to do some modeling for you. Nike's 2018 golf apparel catalog includes multiple new shots of Wie, such as these:

And for bonus points, here are couple previous Nike modeling shots of Michelle:

Esther Lee's First Pro Win Comes in Second Start

Esther Lee finished her collegiate career at the University of Colorado just a couple months ago. But she didn't have to wait long after turning pro to earn her first winner's check: Esther won in just her second start as a professional golfer.

That tournament was the Long Beach Women's Open, part of the Cactus Tour schedule, that concluded on Aug. 3. Lee carded rounds of 73, 69 and 67 to finish at 7-under 209 and claim the win by a single stroke. It was a birdie on the second-to-last hole that provided that winning stroke.

Esther told us she "thought that playing the Cactus Tour events in California would be a good mental refresher before diving into Q-School."

Her first tournament as a pro happened a week before she won at the Cactus Tour's Mission Hills tournament. And she finished fourth in that event with a 3-under final score.

"Playing well in the first tournaments since college is definitely a confidence booster," Esther said, "and I'm just ready to play through Q-School and get my card."

Playing well in the Mission Hills tour event should carry its own confidence boost for Lee, apart from the good finish, because that's where LPGA Q-School begins. Esther, and hundreds of other LPGA hopefuls, tee off in the Stage I qualifier Aug. 24-27. It's doubtful any others in the field will go into it as hot as Esther, though.

(Photos: instagram/estarr18)